I have become too stupid to do routine things on my computer. I'm not saying that easily or as a joke. I have fallen behind the learning curve, and I can't see a way to catch up trying to figure it out on my own..
Yesterday, I wanted to download a youtube video. I hadn't tried to do it before, but I expected it wouldn't be very difficult.
I couldn't do it. I don't mean I looked at the process and thought it might be hard and decided not to. I spent 5 FUCKING HOURS trying to do it and I couldn't! I did research, I found instructions. I spent an hour finding the places I should go to to download a video. I finally found I should "just" open my "activity monitor" (I have a Mac). Then go to "resources or whatever you need"
and adjust the code.
Good lord, I learned to program in Basic, Fortran, and Cobol, and I've been using computers since 1980. And I haven't the slightest idea what "they" are talking about. I feel like I'm a forager from a 3rd world country be exposed to a DVD recorder for the first time.
And speaking of THAT, apparently, I can't even copy a VHS tape to a DVD either. I THOUGHT I could, but the DVD copies played fine once and then not afterwards. I feel like electronics are causing me to lose my mind, and quite frankly, at 64, I'm too young to be losing my mind.
I can surrender to the VHS tape-copying fiasco and just buy DVDs of them. Not to say this wrong, but buying a dozen of those is a nominal expense for me. It's the inability to do these things that is driving me nuts!
I can't stand not being able to DO mildly complicated things! It's a sign of old age encroaching on my life, and I am fighting that tooth, claw and neuron. It's not in me to just give up.
I'm going to separate all my TV and stereo equipment and reconnect it from scratch (and eliminate that rat's nest of loose wires. I'm going to take the DVD recorder and VHS tape player and set them up apart from all other equipment. to try to get clean replayable DVD copies that play repeatedly. I'm going to return to Windows computers for the simplicity.
And I'm going to investigate Adult Education computer classes available locally. I may have gotten "computer-stupid", but I'm not going down easily!
And, yes, I'm pissed. At myself...